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Cringe-Worthy Times a Singer's Lip Syncing Sunk Their Performance

By Mary Grace Garis

Even after Lip Sync Battle made the practice an art form, the world loves to hate a lip sync fail. When artist’s slip in their authenticity, it’s something for fans to jump on. But is it justified? We look at some of the biggest lip sync mishaps in recent years and deduce if a star pulled a serious Milli Vanilli eff up or made a genuine oops with a “common” industry method.

1. Ashlee Simpson

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Let's start on a high (low?) note. When vocals for “Pieces of Me” started playing for the second time that night, it was all over. In record time, Ashlee Simpson managed to tank her Saturday Night Live performance  and possibly her career. Ultimately, though, it was the hoedown that sealed this moment into the pop culture pantheon. 

At the time Ashlee blamed this mishap on whatever — acid reflux, her band, etc. These days, the 33-year-old is able to shrug it off...and even use it to promote her newest reality show, Ashlee+Evan.

“All of sudden, you know, @#$% happened and it was like boom. And the world hated me for this SNL moment I had,” she said. “For me, it was the most humbling experience of my life, because the whole world thinks everything that you just put your heart and soul into writing is a joke. And that sucked.”

For sure. Looking back, Ashlee probably didn’t deserve all the hate that came with the incident; she at least serviced us with a handful of mid-2000s bops.